I am starting a blog about my dance healing recovery journey. My commitment is to dance every day for 15 minutes or more. My website is dusty from me not being on it and/or teaching and performing for a couple of years. in 2015-16 I went to college at age 40 to get a certificate in Human Service Work so that I could work in the school system as an educational assistant with children who needed extra assistance. It was a challenging training as is the work. I let my dance and acupressure practice drop off while in school and it hasn’t come back yet and it’s been now a year and half after I finished school. I spiraled into a depression and anxiety this last Summer – perhaps due to burn out; perhaps due to being 42 and not fulfilling a life dream to become a Mother and Partner (create a family in the traditional sense); perhaps due to an underlying emotional habit of not listening to my heart.
So: today is day 2 of getting back on the wagon of dance for personal healing. As well as dance I have been adding art work and singing back into my days.
Here is a note from Cathy Stoyko who is a dance instructor / performer /artist in Cumberland.
A Halfa is an Arabic word meaning party or social gathering; in the dance world it is where professionals and amateurs come together to perform informally and dance together.
I have recently returned from the lovely Lasqueti Island where I was studying body-mind counselling and five element counselling. In a nutshell these are verbal counselling techniques that encourage the recipient to notice, be curious and become aware of sensations and feelings in the body. Myself, I use acupressure (finger touch and pressure on the body) as well as the body-mind counselling when it seems appropriate.
I have been studying acupressure for the past four years. Each course I take seems to have a LOT of information packed into it. For a while I became daunted by all of the different information that was taught; things such as Chinese Medicine, counselling, advanced treatment styles, and remembering where the many acupressure points are to name a few. At this point in my practice of acupressure I am feeling less daunted and more trusting and curious. I have a big tool kit to draw from and as I work on a client it is a pleasurable challenge to explore, experiment and then go with my intuition as to which acupressure points I will use. I am grateful now for my practice 🙂
Jade de Trey August 21,2015. Courtenay BC, Healing and Touch and Health and Wellness